Despite obstacles, work continues on Aweil Cathedral
Dec 18, 2013
Though the cathedral still awaits windows and doors, it is the first permanent church building in the Diocese of Aweil.
Despite the recent hardships that have beset South Sudan, members of the Anglican Catholic Church continue to do Christ's work. Following the August flooding, funds were sent for the relief of those affected, and efforts are ongoing to finance the drilling of wells and prevention of water-borne disease.
Similarly, as prisoners and refugees return from neighboring Sudan, clergy and laity within the diocese work to spread the Gospel among those whose lives have been upended by war.
But not everything is a response to disaster. In recent months, a symbol of hope has arisen in the construction of the Cathedral for the Diocese of Aweil. Constructed along the traditional cruciform-plan, the brick and concrete building will be the first permanent structure owned by the ACC in South Sudan.
Though the structure is not yet finished, a metal roof was installed earlier this month, giving enough shelter for classes and prayer meetings to be held. And while funds for plastering and the installation of doors and windows are not yet available, Bishop Wilson Garang sends a message of thanks to all who have contributed, praying "that God will bless them abundantly for their prayers, concern, and sacrificial gifts."
Donations toward the completion of the Cathedral (with a cost projection of approximately $40,000 USD), may be made through the Anglican Missionary Society of St. Paul by clicking here and putting "Aweil Cathedral" in the box marked "Add special instructions." In light of the Sudanese mission, the following prayer is recommended:
O, God, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee. Bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer